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1. Applicants must be of Portuguese descent and be a USA citizen or permanent resident.

2. Applicants must have maintained a minimum of 3.5 Total GPA for grades 9-12.

3. Applicants must have participated in at least three (3) extra-curricular activities while in high school 

4. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

5. Applicants must complete the application, including an essay.

Deadline: March 10, 2020

Click here for online application.

Paper application available at the Career Center

Further information, please contact:

Rachel Tatro

Email: racheltatro@sbcglobal.net

Phone: 916-396-3182

 

 

San Mateo Credit union's educational 

 This year, SMCU is offering two $ 5.000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors to help cover costs such as tuition, housing, books and meals.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Scholarships are available to class of 2020 high school seniors and to 2019 graduates who took a gap year and are enrolling in a college or technical school for the first time.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater  and must upload an unofficial transcript and SAT/ACT scores (if applicable)
  • Applicants must provide a typed essay of at least 500 words about a time you helped someone in need and explain how creating a culture of giving could impact your community, school, or family.
  • Deadline submission: Friday, March 27, by : 11:59 pm.
  • Additional details and online application available at: smcu.org/scholarships

scholarships 101

Begin your scholarship search with SF State scholarship website at financialaid.sfu.edu/scholarships for more than 700 campus and external scholarship opportunities, essay writing tips and helpful links. You must apply to each scholarship separately based on eligibility requirements. 

SF State Scholarship Resources:

Use the following website to review and apply for SF State and private scholarship opportunities using essay-writing tips and other helpful links.

  • Fellowships Office- Provides assistance in applying for nationally competitive fellowships as well as systemwide awards offered by the CSU: fellowships.sfsu.edu
  • Campus Academic Resource Program- Provides helps in writing scholarship essays. Contact the office at 415.405.0316 carp.sfsu.edu 
  • Students Enrichment Opportunities Office- Provides funding academic support and research experience to prepare students from underrepresented groups for biomedical careers: seo.sfsu.edu
  • Other Resources- Free online scholarship search service: www.scholarship.com 
  • Resources for undocumented students: e4fc.org 

Increase your chances of winning a scholarship:

  • Apply for as many scholarships as possible, make sure you meet all eligibility requirements before applying
  • Emphasize your academic achievements, leadership, ability, exceptional talents and community involvement.
  • Follow specific directions, including those related to the length of your scholarship essay.
  • Write in your own voice and make sure your essay conveys your character, personality, values and experiences.
  • Have several strong writers proofread your essay for structure, grammar, redundancy and logic.
  • Never pay a fee to apply for a scholarship, know you should NEVER be asked to pay for one.

cap bay area

A college scholarship opportunity for low-income Bay Area students.

CAP is a leader in empowering low-income students to succeed in college and life. What makes CAP different is its combination of personalized coaching, financial literacy training, and scholarships. Upon graduation, CAP students are equipped with the skills to build meaningful careers and positively contribute to society. 

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Planning to attend a 4-year college or university
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below $5.000 (from the FAFSA or Dream Act Application)
  • Residence and attending San Mateo County high school

Benefits:

  • 1-1 College Coaching
  • A personal Financial Services Coordinator
  • Up to $5.000 of need-based scholarship funding annually for a maximum of 5 years
  • Professional and peer networking opportunities

Apply:

tinyurl.com/capbayarea

Questions? Email:

capbayarea@making-waves.org 

eQuality collaborative

eQuality Scholarship Collaborative

$6,000 Scholarships

 

WHO: Graduating high school students in Northern and Central California.

WHY: To recognize service to the LGTB+ community

WHAT: Scholarships may be used at any accredited post-secondary institution-college, university, or trade school.

WHEN: Applications must be completed by January 31, 2020.

WHERE: For information and to apply, go to www.equalityscholarship.org

 

 

 

sons of italy western foundation

The Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, offers the availability to apply to two different scholarships for graduating seniors in the class of 2020.

  • Academic Award scholarship for high school seniors
  • Italian Language Study Grants in Italy, for high school seniors for the summer of 2020

The requirements applying for a scholarship or Student Grant with the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy, Grand Lodge of California is as follow:

  • Applicant MUST BE wholly or partially of Italian descent
  • Applicants MUST BE enrolled in an accredited College or University in the fall of 2020.

Deadline for all applications is March 1, 2020

Online application available at: www.osiaca.org

  • Paper application available at the Career Center

 

pflag

PFLAG- Parents, Families, Friends, LGBTQ People and Allies United for Equality

A scholarship for high school seniors who reside in or attend high school in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties. The scholarships are awarded to students of any gender identity or sexual orientation, whose history, activities and personal plans demonstrate support for justice and equality for LGBTQ+ persons. Up to five $6,000 scholarship awards are available for graduating seniors attending a two or four-year college, university, or business/technical school in the fall of 2020.

WHO: College bound high school seniors.

WHY: To recognize and reward Service and/or Activism in support of the LGBTQ community.

WHAT: Scholarships may be used at any accredited post-secondary institution; college, university or trade school.

WHEN: Applications must be submitted online by January 31, 2020

WHERE: For information and to apply go to: www.equalityscholarship.org

youth on course

About Youth on Course:

The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. This year approximately 25 scholarships will be awarded ranging from $4,000 to $20,000 to be distributed over four years.

To be considered for a scholarship:

  • You must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Scholarships are both need and merit based
  • You must be accepted for enrollment at a four-year college/university.
  • You need to be a member of Youth on Course. You can join at : www.youthoncourse.org/join
  • To apply visit: www.youthoncourse.org/scholarships

All materials must be completed & submitted by: February 17,2020

How to afford college

                             Scholarship America's Guide on "How to Afford College"

A publication of Scholarship America in collaboration with U.S. News & World Report. For detail on each step please visit: www.scholarshipamerica.org  

 

STEP 1: Fill out the FAFSA

  • Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Complete the FAFSA on the Web
  • Fill out your FAFSA
  • Find identification numbers
  • Calculate total earnings and tax return amounts
  • Follow the directions

STEP 2: Search for Scholarships in Multiple Places

  • Search engines
  • Resource sites
  • Social media
  • School
  • Community

STEP 3: Begin your Application Early

  • Be prepared
  • Be complete
  • Be careful
  • Be on time

STEP 4: Write a Compelling Essay

  • Know your audience
  • Plan far in advance
  • Make it personal and passionate
  • Find an editor

STEP 5: Ask for a Recommendation Letter

  • Choose the right person
  • Don't wait until the last minute 
  • Ask nicely
  • Say thank you

STEP 6: Say "Thank You"

  • Get out your stationary
  • Properly address the letter
  • Start simple
  • Be personal
  • Write legibly and spell everything correctly
  • If you are comfortable, allow the scholarship sponsor to share your letter
  • End with simple "thank you"
  • Sign it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fastweb

Connect Anytime, Anywhere

 

Get scholarships and free college resources on the go.

 

  • College Scholarship App
  • Scholarship & Internship Matches
  • Financial Aid Tips
  • College Resources

Create your profile, download the free app, start getting scholarship matches.

 

Go to: www.fastweb.com 

Horatio Alger

Receive up to $25,000 for College With The Horatio Alger Scholarship.

If integrity, determination, and courage describe you- you have what it takes to be a Horatio Alger Scholar. This scholarship rewards students who possess the character to succeed in life helping students overcome the financial barriers of pursuing higher education. 

To qualify you must have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial assistance to attend college. 

 

The eligibility criteria to be considered for Horatio Alger National and State Scholarships are as follows:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States with plans to enter college no later than the Fall semester following graduation.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution).
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required).
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
  • Hold a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Be a United States citizen.

To learn more and apply, visit: www.scholars.horatioalger.org 

Deadline to apply: October 25, 2019. 

 

 

 

Quest Bridge

National College Match for High School Seniors. Full four-year scholarships to the nation's top colleges. 

 

Are you a low-income student who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation's best colleges are financially out of reach?

The Quest Bridge National College Match was created for students like you. QuestBridge believes that you deserve to reach your full academic potential, regardless of your financial background. Through the National College Match you can be admitted to a top college with a guaranteed full four-year scholarship.

  • How Does It Work? The National College Match is a college and scholarship application process through which you can apply for early admissions to multiple high selective colleges for free using one application. Finalists who are matched will receive a full-four-year College Match Scholarship from the college. These generous financial aid packages are loan- free with a $0 parental contribution, and are worth more than $200,000. Finalists who are not matched have additional opportunities to receive admission and financial aid packages that are often as generous as a full scholarship.
  • Eligibility: The National College Match is open to high school seniors who demonstrate:
  1. Academic Achievement and Strength in Character:  Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available. Strong writing ability, and motivation to succeed. Class rank and test scores are also evaluated.
  2. Financial Need: Household income of less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four) with minimal assets.
  • Typical Finalists Often:
  • Rank in the top 5-10% of the class
  • Score >1310 on the SAT or >28 on the ACT (if taken)
  • Are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year-college
  • Qualify for free or reduced- price lunch

 

  • Application Components: Complete the free online National College Match. Referrals are not required to apply. The application include:
  • Academic and financial information
  • Essays and short answers
  • Current high school transcript
  • Two teacher recommendation letters
  • Secondary School Report from high school counselor
  • Any available standardized test scores

 

 

  • Apply at: www.questbridge.org 

 

Good Tidings Foundation

The 2018 Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship Application is now available. This scholarship is an excellent opportunity for low-income high school seniors who have committed themselves to community service. The organization is offering 10 scholarships for $ 10,000 to each winner. Total amount awarded: $1000,000. 

Applications are submitted online. They can be accessed at 

www.goodtidings.org or here.

 

 

 

Applications are due November 14, 2019

Scholarship Information

Throughout the year, the College & Career Center will have available new scholarship information. To request an application, please visit  Mrs. Dielacher in the Counseling office. 

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